Today’s reading from Isaiah is so rich with the imagery of what God can and will do in the world. Deserts bloom with flowers, beasts of prey are led away, and people are healed. I like to think of this reading when the news of the world seems to paint a picture of darkness and despair. The reality is that God’s world is never so dark that the Light of Christ cannot pierce it.
The more grateful we are for all God has given us, the less likely we are to fall into a state of sadness or despair. At times, it will seem like life deals us a body blow every few days. Perhaps, what we sought from God did not come: a healing, a relationship, or a concrete answer. But our blessings are always greater than our lacking. Being grateful, a characteristic of an Everyday Steward, is something we need to work on, for it does not come naturally. If you find yourself in the desert this Advent, it is time to reflect on the simple blessings of life, and eventually, a spring of water will burst forth and water the land.
Daily advent challenge:
Make a list of three things for which you are grateful. Spend a few minutes reflecting on each and the role each can play in bringing you joy when you are feeling down.